View Full Version : Removing cover on early design G5-17inch

Sep 17, 2009, 04:48 PM
I am trying to replace my internal hd in a early model 17" G5 and can not open the cover. It appears to be jammed or stuck. Anyone know any tricks?

Pur3 Macs
Sep 17, 2009, 07:27 PM
Perhaps a video tutorial on http://www.youtube.com could solve this?

Sep 17, 2009, 08:48 PM
The three captive phillips head fasteners on the bottom edge can get jammed easily. I'd say about 50% of the non-isight G5 iMacs I've opened have had at least one of them over torqued.

One technique that has worked is to apply gentle pressure to the lower corner or center, just above the frozen fastener and turn the head to the left (undo) with enough torque to move the fastener back into position. The danger is in stripping the head, so be careful.

Pur3 Macs
Sep 18, 2009, 01:16 AM
I found a video on youtube.com showing how to open it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfLmsrMafXs
But it looks pretty risky I mean what if something goes wrong I don't think I personally would have the guts to do this to my new Aluminium iMac.....:(

Sep 18, 2009, 01:21 AM
The video in the post above mine is a different machine. The G5s were easy to get into; the back cover normally comes straight off.

Pur3 Macs
Sep 18, 2009, 01:50 AM
Well unfortunately for us iMac 9,1 owners its a lot more complicated:(
Well I guess apple was wrong about them saying that 'The imac has a single sheet of aluminium with no screws' Trust me all computers have screws, and as shown if my previous post the screws are simply hidden away from users.